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I'm Kasia Madera.
Our top stories:
North and South Korean competitors
march together in the opening
ceremony for the Olympic Games.
But the harmony among
the athletes was not always
matched in the stands,
where the US Vice-President snubbed
the North Korean delegation.
Relatives of the victims of two
members of an Islamic State
execution cell, demand
that they face trial.
The pair were captured
by Syrian Kurdish forces.
If it goes to trial, I will
certainly be there. I certainly want
to look them in the eye and let them
know I am who I am and they have
destroyed a big part of my life.
Uber agrees to pay Waymo
245 million dollars in stock,
to settle accusations it
stole trade secrets.
The EU's chief negotiator
warns the UK to face up
to the potential consequences
of Brexit for Northern Ireland.
Eight UK decision to leave the
single market and leave the customs
union would make border shakes
And Paris the Eiffel
Tower for the second time this week
as another blanket of snow covers
Hello and welcome
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Athletes from North and South Korea
have marched together
at the opening ceremony
of the Winter Olympics
Cheered on by spectators, they
paraded behind the blue-and-white
Korean unification flag.
Some athletes held up their phones.
Some almost danced along the route.
With the latest from PyeongChang,
here's the BBC's Stephen McDonell.
With the opening ceremony, comes
the start of the Winter Olympics.
After years of
preparation, this South
Korean mountain community has become
the centre of the world, at least
for the few weeks.
and icy winds are
thought to have made this
the coldest games yet, but the
spectators who have flooded
into the town don't
seem overly concerned.
Just hours before the opening
ceremony was due to start, 45
Russian athletes and two coaches
who had been banned for doping lost
their appeal to participate.
Those Russians who are
allowed to compete
here will do so under
the Olympic flag, and
following any medals,
Olympic theme will be played.
But the real attention
here has been on
engagement between North
and South Koreans.
The joint women's hockey team
will play tomorrow against
In front of a packed arena.
And yet, it is the political
engagement which has upstaged
The North Korean leader's sister,
Kim Yo Jong, appears to have
stolen the show, as the first member
of her country's ruling dynasty to
have travelled to the South since
the end of Korean War hostilities.
Her every move is getting
She will dine with the South Korean
president, Moon Jae-in, tomorrow.
Something which seemed
impossible just weeks ago.
However, the United States
Vice President has
cautioned Seoul not to overly
Mike Pence invited Warmbier,
whose son died, after being held in
North Korean custody along
with him to PyeongChang.
And this will be one
of the images of these Games.
The US Vice President
and Kim Jong Un's sister
row apart in the stadium.
These Games are shaping up to be
nothing short of historic, and
they've barely begun.
Steven McDonald, BBC News
at the PyeongChang Olympics.
They are called the "the
Winter Games," but there
has still been a lot
of conversation about just how cold
it's going to be in PyeongChang.
The BBC's World Service Sports
Editor Ben Sutherland tells
us what to watch out
for when temperatures dip to almost
minus 20 Celsius.
There have been concerns
about how it might
affect the Games.
It makes the snow very
difficult for skiers, for
example, and it messes
with the bottom of the skis.
It is going to make the down
slope runs or things
like luge and bobsleigh,
it's going to make them
grippier, so it will be...
They will be less fast basically.
But, yeah, from tomorrow
we will start to see for the first
time this combined
Korean female hockey
team, ice hockey team,
they will be playing
Lots of excitement around them
in the build up to the Games.
They did have a practice match
against Sweden, which they
lost 3-1, but there is
so much interest on them,
particularly they have been
trying to get together
It's incredibly interesting,
actually, because there
is a real language barrier,
because with South Korea,
a lot of the words they use
when they are playing
are words they have
imported from English.
For example, the word to pass,
they just shout "Pass", but in
North Korea, they don't
have any of those words.
They just use Korean words,
so the coach, who is
Canadian, has had to come up
with a sort of English to Korean,
to North Korean dialect in order
actually know what each other
is going to be doing on the ice.
Ben Sutherland reporting there.
Uber has settled
its courtroom battle
with self-driving car unit Waymo.
The legal dispute was over stolen
trade secrets relating
to self-driving technology.
As part of the settlement,
Uber has agreed to pay Waymo 0.34
As part of the settlement,
Uber has agreed to pay Waymo 0.34%
of its equity stake -
which works out to about
The BBC's North America
technology reporter Dave Lee joins
us now live from San Francisco.
It is an eye watering amount of
money, but if they had not settled,
it could potentially have been much
It could. We were talking in
the region of more than $1 million
if all of these trade secrets had
been stolen, if the jury ruled that.
It is the crucial point that using
them was what Waymo was trying to
prove over the course of the trial.
There were a suggestion that the
reason the two companies came to
this is because it is mutually
beneficial. On EgyptAir's side, they
can move on and not have to worry
about this case going on and hearing
any more dirty laundry and on
Waymo's side they get an increased
stake in Uber. They can keep an high
on what Uber is doing in self
driving technology, which has really
been there more long. This is about
making sure, for Waymo that they
stay ahead in the race to bring self
driving cars and a self driving
fleet of taxis to our roads. That's
what they were trying to do from the
outset, slow down the progress of
Broad by accusing them of getting an
unfair advantage by stealing these
trade secrets. -- progress of Broad.
I don't think these trade secrets
were used, but a settlement like
this has benefits for both parties.
-- Uber. Not like what impact has it
had on both businesses? For Uber it
has been a distraction. He wrote a
letter to his employers and said he
regrets what happens although he was
not at the company at the time and
he apologised to staff for the big
distraction this caused, the people
working on that self driving team
have essentially had to put down
their tools because of this case and
only now can they start working on
it again. I think the immediate
impact in that case will be that
Uber can begin its work in self
driving again. Looking ahead, many
people predict that Royal Bank of
Scotland will become a public
company perhaps in 2019. -- Uber
will become a public company. They
have managed to put this behind
them, and the idea that they could
go public in 2019 becomes a lot more
likely than it was before.
Burnham at as always for bringing us
up to date.
President Trump has called
the departure of a former
White House aide accused of domestic
violence "very sad" -
and has wished him well.
Staff secretary Rob Porter resigned
that he physically abused
his two ex-wives.
One ex-wife claims he gave her
a black eye, while another says
she had to file a restraining order.
Mr Porter denies the allegations.
Here's what the President
said a little earlier.
He did a very good job when he was
in the White House and we hope he
has a wonderful career,
and hopefully he will have a great
career ahead of him,
but it was very sad
when we heard about it,
certainly the is also very sad now.
He also, as you probably
know, he says he is
innocent, and I think
have to remember that.
He said very strongly
yesterday that he is
innocent, so you will have to talk
to him about that, but we absolutely
wish him well.
He did a very good job
when he was at the White House.
I'm now joined by Barbara Plett
Usher in Washington.
Before we talk about what Donald
Trump said, remind us of the
background to this case.
with media report earlier this week
that said that this White House aide
Robert Porter had abused his two
ex-wives and the weight has defended
him at that point, but then it
photographed was published showing
one of those ex-wives with a black
eye and so the narrative changed and
the White House said it was taking
action against him and he resigned.
The whole question of what the White
House knew exactly and when its new
continues to bubble up, because the
timeline keeps changing,
particularly the role of the chief
of staff and communications director
who is said to be dating Mr Porter.
These are two people who are
supposed to bring order to the White
House and now they are embroiled in
We had the
president say this is very sad,
adding that he wishes him well. Is
he supporting and
sounds that way. It sounds like he
is continuing to defend him, wishing
him well, rather than taking the
opportunity to stake a stand against
domestic violence, he says a member
that Mr Porter says he is innocent.
This is a pattern we have seen
before when certain people within
his orbit are accused of behaviour
rather than condemning the beaver,
he suggests that there might be two
sides to the story. I think there's
approach is told death. He is the
top law enforcement officer in the
country and he is not calling out
domestic violence, also giving the
current environment with the
campaign against sexual harassment
and abuse which is in the country at
Thank you very much.
Let's take a look
at some of the other
stories making the news:
President Trump has signed
a new spending bill into law, ending
a brief US government shutdown.
Congress passed the legislation
after a midnight
deadline was missed.
had opposed the bill,
which included billions of dollars
in deficit increase.
have fined Google more
than $21 million for
abusing its dominant
India's Competition Commission said
the search giant was indulging
in practices of search bias -
thereby harming its competitors
as well as users.
at Edinburgh University have grown
human eggs in the laboratory
for the first time.
They say the breakthrough
is an opportunity to explore
how human eggs develop,
much of which remains
a mystery to science.
The hope is these findings
could lead to new ways
of preserving women's fertility.
The families of some
of the victims of two
British jihadists belonging
to the Islamic State group
and captured in Syria,
have called for them to face
justice in court.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee El
Sheikh were part of a team of four
British IS members whose British
accents earned them
the nickname "the Beatles."
US officials say the group are
accused of executing 27 hostages.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Daniel Sandford has more.
They became the most infamous
gang of foreign fighters
in the self-styled Islamic State,
callous torturers and public
executioners of hostages.
Jihadi John, his real name
Mohammed Emwazi, now dead.
Aine Davis, in prison in Turkey.
And the two men captured last
month, Alexanda Kotey
and El Shafee Elsheikh.
The two were detained
Syrian Kurd fighters.
Kotey, the Kurds said today,
was trying to escape into Turkey.
The gang are suspected
of beheading Alan Henning,
the driver and aid worker
from Eccles, and David Haines,
seen here in Croatia,
a former RAF engineer and long-time
aid worker from Perth.
This morning, his daughter, Bethany,
was finally contemplating
what punishment two of his suspected
killers should face.
They should die a long,
slow, painful death.
And I think quite a lot of people
will understand that,
that they shouldn't
be allowed to live.
But realistically, that's
not going to happen.
And I have to come
to terms with that.
And the best thing for them is to be
locked up and throw away the key.
They should never be
allowed back in society,
because they will just recruit
people and they will
just do this again.
And for the sake of her father,
if they end up in court,
she will go to watch.
If it goes to trial,
I will certainly be there,
I will certainly want to look them
in the eye and let them
know that I am who I am,
and they have destroyed a big part
of my life.
And hopefully there will be
some sort of justice.
Some of the gang's hostages
were freed, including
former French reporter,
He wants them to have
the fairest trial possible.
I would not be happy
if they were just sent
to Guantanamo Bay, because this
is denial of justice.
If we want justice, we need
to give them the trial
that would satisfy them,
but also the victims.
The British men detained last month
are El Shafee Elsheikh,
who arrived in Syria from Britain
in 2012, and Alexanda Kotey,
who left the UK on an aid
convoy to Gaza in 2009,
and also ended up in Syria.
Their gang is accused by the US
of beheading at least 27 hostages,
including Alan Henning,
David Haines and Americans
James Foley, Peter Kassig
and Steven Sotloff.
They are also accused
of water boarding, mock
and electric shock torture.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee
Elsheikh grew up close to each other
in quite a small area of west
London, near to the A40 flyover.
It became infamous as
an IS recruiting ground.
As well as Mohammed Emwazi,
Jihadi John, some half a dozen other
men from these streets died fighting
for IS in either Syria or Iraq.
At El Shafee Elsheikh's house,
his parents, who had another
son killed in Syria,
asked the media to leave.
There's nothing we can say,
no comment whatsoever.
Please, please, let us be in peace.
Their son and Alexanda Kotey
have had their British
citizenship removed already.
Now a trial, possibly
in the United States,
seems the most likely outcome.
Daniel Sandford, BBC News.
The scale of suffering
in Syria has reached
unprecedented levels according
to the United Nations as a wave
of fresh bombardments continue
in rebel-held areas.
The UN Security Council
on Thursday failed to uphold
an appeal from aid officials
for a month-long ceasefire
to end what they describe
as an "extreme situation".
Officials say access to aid
is being blocked in crucial areas,
with an estimated 13 million people
in need across the country.
More than 240 civilians are thought
to have been killed in the besieged
area of Eastern Ghouta after five
straight days of bombing by Syrian
warplanes and artillery.
With me is
Panos Moumtzis assistant secretary
general of the United Nations
and the UN's regional
humanitarian coordinator for Syria.
An unprecedented scale of
Hundreds of thousands
of people displaced and killed and
you are calling for a ceasefire?
Absolutely. The situation as early
quite extreme at the moment, between
Italy where we have seen a massive
displacement of more than 300,000
people just in the last few weeks
from southern Italy to the central
parts, but also BBC judgment where
over 400,000 people had been really
living under extreme situations. We
have war than 700 medical cases of
people. -- we have more than. We
haven't been able to bring
assistance for more than months. It
cannot continue. Enough is enough.
It is the time to think and act in a
way that the protection of civilians
is insured, women and children in
desperate situations receive
assistance and the injured are able
to come out.
Just last year, the UN
only got access to 27 of its quest
is to get access to opposition areas
by the Syrian Government. The UN is
failing miserably in terms of
getting a grip on this.
I would say
what Israeli happening at the
moment, there is a failure of
humanitarian dis- Pullman C. -- what
is really happening. More than 6
million people are displaced. It is
a very difficult situation. We are
able to help about 7.5 million
people every month. That is through
a regular programme. What we are
unable to do is really reach the
people in the most desperate need,
in besieged areas and hard to reach
areas. This is why we feel we are
raising her voice because really
something needs to change. We cannot
continue like this, not being able
to reach the most vulnerable in
As you said, this has been
going on for years, you have had
time to raise your voice. You not
putting enough pressure on the
regime to drive humanitarian aid to
those who need it?
We are in contact
with the Government of Syria, every
single Government capital that we
can think of that can be of help to
help us to reach these people in
this situation. This is not
happening, this is not moving
further. Last year we reached about
a quarter of what we should have
done from within Syrian operations.
Since two months, this has come to a
complete halt and that cannot
continue any longer. It cannot be
business as usual. The reports,
pictures, images we're getting every
day I really quite dramatic. Health
facilities should not be targeted,
civilian facilities should not be
How affective can you be
if you have Russia continuously
supporting Assad? What can you
We always say that
humanitarian response cannot be a
solution what is actually a
political problem. We need the
political will, commitment, the
quantities of politicians and
governments to bring the pressures
that is an improvement to be bull
fights and situations. This huge and
conflict is not the way forward. We
need to take the medical places or
people whose lives are on the line.
It is desperate then needed. Thank
you for joining us.
The European Union's Chief
Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier,
has warned that a transition period
for the UK after it leaves the bloc
is not guaranteed -
unless what he called substantial
disagreements can be overcome.
Mr Barnier said these include
Britain not wanting to extend
permanent rights to EU nationals
who arrive in the country
during the transition,
and not wanting to follow
all European rules during that time.
Here's some of what he had to say.
Brexit is coming and time is running
short, just 13 months before Britain
is officially out of the European
Union, and today the EU had a sharp
warning, sort out key sticking
points or there will be no deal and
no transition. Britain's Brexit
Secretary met the EU chief
negotiator in Downing Street on
Monday. Friendly enough, but there
are just weeks to shoot things out.
Today in Brussels with the big EU
summit coming next month, Michel
Barnier had a blog message, in terms
easy to understand.
agreements processed, the transition
is not a given.
So much to sort out
and talks are getting prickly. On
the rights of migrants arrive after
will Brussels block trade if Britain
breaks EU rules?
The Brexit secretary
Mr Barney disagreed.
negotiations, my attitude has not
been in the least
discourteous or vindictive.
We have never wished
to punish the UK.
It is totally foreign
to my state of mind.
And how to leave the EU
without bringing back a
hard north-south Irish border?
Nobody wants that but...
It is important to tell the truth.
A UK decision to leave
the single market
and to leave the customs union would
make border checks unavoidable.
It is not just
a political problem at
this shoe shop in Northern Ireland.
These issues are men for walking,
on both sides of the border.
Customs and tariffs
could mean a business
like this running into trouble.
We need easy access
from the factory to
our shop floor.
If there is a hard border,
there will be hold-ups all
the way along that
we cannot predict.
Tonight, the Brexit secretary
is saying he is surprised
that Mr Barnier is not
clear that Britain
wants to go on trading
now during a transition.
The government is
hoping for compromise
in negotiations, but if there is no
transition deal next month,
ministers will have
to prepare Britain
and British business
possibility of a cliff edge Brexit.
If there is a transition deal it is
on to deciding the ambitions for
Brexit, which divide Parliament,
Tory MPs and the Cabinet.
One day, one crisis after time.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris has
been shut for the second time this
week because of snow and black ice.
The French capital is covered
in a heavy blanket of snow that has
brought some parts of the transport
system to a halt.
But not everyone is complaining.
Here's our correspondent,
For the second time this
week, snowy weather
has blown into Paris
the west, setting off to good effect
for the tourists some of the most
The city was just getting
over the previous having
fall on Tuesday, that
caused some disruption
to transport on road and rail.
Parks were shut as freezing
temperatures overnight turned slush
I love it.
I'm used to coming to
Paris when it's sunny.
I've never been here
when it has snowed before.
As a tourist, I don't
enjoy it, because lots of
stuff is closed, the metro lines are
closed, but it's beautiful, isn't
You can't really not enjoy it.
that certain roads should have been
cleared quicker, but then
that is the weather,
nothing out of the ordinary.
I think we should look
at the positives.
Snow is actually quite beautiful.
At the airbase just west
of the capital, snowploughs
have been brought to clear the.
And one adventurous soul had a flaky
answer to the transport problem.
Now there is the skiing fan.
Hugh Schofield, BBC News, Paris.
Now here's one
thing you don't expect
to find in the post -
this two-month old tiger
cub, which had been packed
into a plastic container and mailed
to an address in Mexico.
The package was detected when a dog,
which was searching
for contraband, sniffed it out.
The cub was taken an animal
and is reported to be "dehydrated
but otherwise well".
A reminder of our top story::
North and South Korea have marched
together under a single flag
at the opening ceremony
of the Pyongchang Winter Olympics.
Among the crowd were the most senior
North Korean officials to visit
the South in sixty years.
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